Out of Space and Into Time

By John Kaminski

1. There is no chance man will ever fully understand anything by only using only “the aid of laws which belong to the external world perceived by man”. “As earthly beings, between conception and death, we are fighters against the laws of nature. And if we really want to rise to self-knowledge, we have to examine that activity in the human being which works against death.”

2. When a man loses his inner feeling for time — his really intimate connection with the past — then his life becomes a chaos. Experience of space alone can do nothing to help towards the health of his whole being. Something in man belongs not to space but only to time. For man to remain man, memory must make the past present in him. Being present in time is something indispensable for a man.

3. If a man is to be the central point of knowledge he must begin by knowing himself. His senses make him a being of time in the midst of space. If he is to perceive his own being, he must summon from within himself cognitional powers not connected with either senses or space. Science focuses entirely on space. The true being of man has been generally lost to view. The answer there leads man out of space and into time, and inevitably, into spirit.

During his extraordinarily productive lifetime, the iconic German mystic Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was much abused by the powers that be. They burned down his Goetheneum, his spiritual science search center, and ridiculed his teachings for his refusal to remove Christ from the center of his message.

In this 1923 lecture in Wales, titled “First Steps Toward Imaginative Knowledge,” Steiner outlined a process of realization that aimed to restore robotized humanity, compulsively deluded by their pathologically motivated abstractions, to a more natural state.

The message was “get out of space and into time”.

A disciple of the genius Goethe and later 19th century mystics, Steiner is revered to this day by millions around the world for his invention of the spiritual science of anthroposophy, as well as biodynamic farming and his humane system of Waldorf education, one of the few philosophical schools remaining in the world that does not advocate killing infidels, putting this material near the top of the heap among the world’s blood-drenched religious systems.

Steiner told his audience of post-World War I Welshmen (this is a heavily condensed version):

Man is a microcosm of the world. Understanding the universe can be found only by understanding man.